George999 (244) - Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle the pour is orange slightly cloudy with a thin white head, the aroma is sweet with a light pepper, the taste crisp citrus and a nice heat punch with a good sweetness to balance the heat, the mouthfeel is medium with a minor wheat/malt finish.
growler6 (56) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy topical fruit. Spicy. Malt and bitterness linger in the background. Disappointing being a serious chili head. Nice try, but a not in the same class as Sculpin IPA.
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles at Luluís, 4/4/15
Usual "if-you-donít-like-chili-beers-ignore-this-re preface. I always rate these under the assumption that you like chili beers and rate them compared to other chili beers, not other beers or IPAs.
That being said, I donít see the point of pretty much ruining Sculpin IPA by adding habaneros. The hops barely break through, and it just seems like a waste of tons of good hops. Not that it has to be unhopped, but Sculpin? I donít know. Anyways, this stuff is nice! I drank three of them and could have kept going. Spicy, with the characteristic habanero slow-burn. The body is fairly lean and quite dry to really help pronounce the chili, though there is enough malt to not make it too unbalanced. Dry, fiery, peppery, really quite delicious. I think I still like the Serrano Pale a bit more, as that one was just viciously hot, but this is a bit more "toned down". The pepper really helps lighten the beer and keeps it very "refreshing" (these terms are all relative).
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Pepper aroma. Grapefruit and spicy pepper flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and spicy pepper lingers.
wxman (1584) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear yellow/gold with a thin white head. Aroma is hops and grass. Taste is a smooth but hoppy IPA with some sweet pale malt and the Habanero burn in the throat after the swallow. Pretty good, but you need to be in the mood for the heat.
fsbw21086 (360) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
A for effort but habanero is too overpowering. Too peppery but other sculpin is good.
Maverick34 (2621) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yeah so this is an ipa with a serious Habanero kick. Nice experiment but IMO Habanero as opposed to Chipotle or whatever is just too spicy for a beer
bavarian81 (111) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer. The aroma was a nice aroma of balanced floral hops and some citrus. The taste started out as a good IPA flavor.. floral, piny hops and what not, but finished very spicy. The spiciness lingered on the tongue forever.. at least longer than I would like. The body had a nice crisp smoothness, but the spiciness was more than Iíd like from a beer. In fact, I donít know if I can finish the whole thing because of the spiciness. I guess Iím a wimp.
sjohnny (422) - - MAY 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mango, grapefruit, kiwi, sweet resiny, spicy chile aroma. Cloudy honey gold with a thick foamy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Lots of grapefruit. But not so bitter that itís overpowering. A nice amount of chile heat and flavor. This is very well balanced and very smooth. It has a crisp finish but then a bit of an after-warmth in the throat. Pretty good stuff.
drjay44 (2998) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium to thick, well retained, off white head, with some lacing, over a clear, light amber (SRM 9) body.....nose is light cereal, heavy grapefruit, pine from the hops, mild habanero, balance to the hops......taste is light cereal, with hints of sweetness to start, with heavy grapefruit, pine, resin from the hops, becoming hot from the chile, finishing with hop bitterness, balanced.......mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, mild alcohol, carbonation high. As an S/H/V beer this is quite successful. The underlying beer is quite present and is well done. The chile comes in slightly in aroma, and then in flavors late enough to tell that the IPA was well done. The habanero then is utterly dominant with great heat, as one would expect from a 500,000 Scoville unit chile. The burn from an habanero is usually fairly short. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7